March 24, 2023

Covid: 60+ won’t need doctor’s certificate for 3rd vaccine dose | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: People above 60 years with comorbidities will not be required to upload or provide a medical certificate to be eligibile for the “precautionary” dose of Covid vaccine. However, they must consult their doctor before taking the jab, the Centre said on Tuesday.
The decision was taken after a meeting of health secretary Rajesh Bhushan with states on Tuesday. It was decided that those above 60 years can avail the precautionary dose without a doctor’s certificate.
Besides, personnel deployed in election duty will also qualify as frontline workers and be eligible to receive the booster dose on completion of nine months from the second dose. CoWin will send reminder messages to all those who are eligible for the third dose, which will be reflected in digital vaccination certificates, the health ministry said.
States have been advised to set up separate vaccination centres dedicated for children between 15-18 years. The Centre has projected 7.40 crore children between 15-18 years, with UP, Bihar, Maharashtra, West Bengal and Madhya Pradesh accounting for the maximum load. Besides, 2.75 crore people in the 60-plus age group with comorbidities are projected across the country.
Bhushan chaired a workshop through video conference on Tuesday with all states and UTs to review the roll-out of vaccination for the 15-18 age group and the precautionary third dose for vulnerable categories and those in the 60-plus age group with comorbidities.
He said only Covaxin is to be administered in the 15-18 age group. Eligible children can either register themselves on CoWin from January 1 or avail of a walk-in registration when vaccination commences from January 3. States were informed they have the option to designate some Covid vaccination centres exclusively for the 15-18 age group which can also be reflected on CoWin.

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